Majestic manor

A wide archway leads into the great room with an eye-catching stone fireplace.

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A wide archway leads into the great room with an eye-catching stone fireplace.



Wooded setting enhances custom-designed, stone 2-story

Contributing writer

With its widely rounded turret displaying upper and lower bay windows, the gray stone facade of the two-story home at 743 Oak Lea Drive in Tipp City suggests a 21st century version of a majestic manor.

Custom-built in 2003 the home benefits from its owners’ desire for this timeless architectural style and ahead-of-its-time interior features.

“We focused on a wide open floor plan with an easy flow for family functions,” said one owner. “The downstairs area is (designed) for entertaining – 50 people are no problem.”

Located on a wooded lot of nearly one acre in the Oakwinds subdivision, this home offers more than 6,630 square feet of living space. It is listed for $750,000 by Tyler Watson of Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors.

As the home is set back from the street, there is plenty of green frontage enhanced with islands holding tall trees, ground cover and blooming plants.

The co-owner said, “We wanted to keep the lot as natural as possible. We kept the original trees and planted lots of perennials – all the landscaping was done for the birds and the butterflies.”

A stamped concrete walkway curves to the arched front entrance. A widely arched transom sits above the front door, which has a leaded glass insert and matching sidelights. The entry’s two-story ceiling rises above an open staircase with wrought-iron spindles, wood handrails and cone-shaped finials.

In the formal dining room, the tray ceiling is framed by wide crown moldings and a border with a painted scroll motif.

A wide archway leads into the great room with an eye-catching stone fireplace. Wide wood trim adds a boxed effect to tall stacked windows in the bay area.

A semi-circular island with bar seating creates a separation between great room and the open kitchen/breakfast area. Cherry cabinets, granite counters and maple flooring create an elegant backdrop equipped with stainless-steel appliances, including dishwasher, refrigerator, stacked wall ovens and a five-burner gas cooktop. Near the walk-in pantry is a planning desk with additional cabinets.

The breakfast area connects to a screened porch with a wood-paneled ceiling.

Double crown moldings and indirect lighting accent the tray ceiling in the main-floor bedroom suite. A pocket door encloses the bath, which offers a jetted triangular tub set in wood paneling and ceramic tile. Matching tile surrounds the separate shower, which is set in an arched area and enclosed in glass. Stepped double vanities flank a central makeup station. Built-in organizers surround the walk-in closet.

The mudroom entrance to the garage accesses a laundry room with counters, cabinets and a built-in ironing board.

At the mezzanine level off the main staircase, French doors open into the office set in the turret space. Upper arched windows top the casement windows filling the bay area. A lighted ceiling fan centers the octagonal tray ceiling.

At the top of the staircase an open walkway way overlooks the great room and the entry. Two bedrooms are situated Jack-and-Jill style, flanking a central bath with tub and shower. Dressing areas at each end have individual vanities and walk-in closets.

At the opposite end of the walkway another full bath sits between the fourth bedroom and a versatile two-room suite with skylights. The larger room, which connects to the back staircase, is used as a sitting/recreation room, while the second room could be an extra bedroom or a studio/crafts room.

A mural with a waterfall theme enhances the wall along the staircase to the lower level, where a large recreation area incorporates a dedicated media area and game table space with daylight windows facing the stone waterfall in the back yard.

Square fluted wood columns flank the wood arch above the seated bar. The exercise room has a mirrored wall and TV hookups.

Near the full bath, a fifth bedroom is set in the turret area under a two-story ceiling with ground-level windows for nature views.


Price: $750,000

Directions: West on Kessler Cowlesville Road, right on Peters Road, left on Oak Lea Drive

Highlights: About 6,630 sq. ft., 4 bedrooms, 3 full and 2 half baths, custom 2-story, built 2003, main floor bedroom suite, cathedral ceilings, patio, stone waterfall, professional landscaping, lawn sprinkler, attached 4-car garage

For more details:

Coldwell Banker Heritage Realtors

Tyler Watson

(937) 902-7684

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